Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Top Ten Tuesday - Goals for 2015

So here we are, back again for another Top Ten Tuesday hosted by the Broke and the Bookish!

Click here for this week's linkup!

This week's title is:

Top Ten Goals/Resolutions for 2015!

I'm super excited about this because I was going to do a similar list anyway, but now I get the chance to have a peek at other people's posts and chat about their goals, which is loads more fun! A lot of these are book/blogging-related, but there are a few personal ones slipped in there too! So anyway, let's get cracking with the list.

1. Read more diversely

This has been something that I've been focussing on a lot recently with my posts on the Reading Diversely challenge and the Travel the World in Books challenge, so I fully expect to continue with it in 2015. I might even set some specific goals for the year, or even a fully-fledged TBR, who knows!?

2. Buy fewer books

This one is a no-brainer for me as I have so many unread books on my shelves! I know there are loads of people who are worse than me for this, but I still don't like the idea of having so many books I haven't read, and won't even be able to read in the near future because there are so many of them... I might take a leaf out of Susie's book (over at Read Susie Read, on BookTube) and start a Read 5 Before I Buy challenge (or similar).

3. Have a cull!

This one leads on from the previous one - basically I want fewer unread books on my shelf. I don't want to feel pressure to slog through all the books I'm not enthusiastic about before being able to get to the ones I want! I want to be able to read the books I buy immediately rather than feeling bad about reading them before all the others on my TBR! I already had a small cull in the summer, but there are definitely more I can get rid of. I'll just have to be strict with myself.

4. Blog more regularly

I'm pretty sure the coming semester will be even busier than the last one, so I'm not sure how doable this is going to be, but I would love to post more regularly. I don't necessarily mean more often, but I just don't want to disappear for long periods of time (i.e. over a week!). We'll see how that goes shall we...?

5. Read the Bible more

Basically, what I'm discovering is that I'm terrible at doing things regularly! I always end up getting behind on it and thinking about giving up. But this one is really important, so I'm going to make much more of an effort this year to read the Bible more regularly and in more detail.

6. Stop with the comparisons!

This is a personal one rather than a bookish one, but I am so bad at comparing myself to others! I do it all the time and it's so unhelpful! 

7. Don't neglect uni work

Pretty sure this one speaks for itself, but this is definitely a priority for me this year. I graduate this summer, so this is the home stretch!

8. Get adventurous with my genres

This one's another bookish one. It's a pretty spur-of-the-moment type goal, but last night I had a mini Amazon-window-shopping binge and drooled over loads of sci-fi books (I only bought one though! Go me!). And this has inspired me to branch out a bit more and read a wider range of genres. I have pretty varied tastes anyway, so this isn't me forcing myself to read something I don't want to! I just think it's nice to be intentional about mixing it up once in a while ;)

9. Read more foreign-language books

This may seem similar to the first goal, but is actually more to do with reducing my unread books (and helping improve my languages along the way!). I have so many foreign-language books (mostly French and German) that I haven't read, and that really needs to change. Besides, nothing beats the feeling of having read a whole book in another language!

10. Forgive myself

Bit of a contrast with the previous couple of points (heavy alert!), but this one is also super important to me. I'm forever dwelling on all the things I've done or not done that I'm not happy about. This goes for seemingly unimportant things as well - I'm always beating myself up for not reading enough, etc. This is supposed to be fun! 2015 will be the year I stop with all that. (Well, I'll try anyway!)

Here's to a great 2015!!!

What are your goals for 2015? What do you think of mine? Let me know in the comments!


  1. I love the idea of reading more books in other languages. Maybe I can try that with Spanish? If I can find some very, very easy books in Spanish?

    Here's mine: A Little Nonsense.

    1. Me too! Though I really should be better at it seeing as I study languages :/ Why not try a children's book in Spanish? You can still learn loads from books with very few words in them. Or try a book that you know the story of already (even read it in English first!) - it's way easier not to get bogged down in all the individual words you don't know if you have a general idea what's going on! Good luck!

  2. Great goals! I love the last one -- I'm always one for setting grand goals and then beating myself up about them, even when the whole point was for it to be fun! Gotta focus on the fun part and let go of the rest.

    1. Absolutely! I normally set goals so I can do more of what I enjoy, only to end up not enjoying it because I didn't reach the goal... So that definitely needs to change! Thanks for stopping by :)

  3. I love that you have read the bible more on your list. I actually joined a bible study this year and have enjoyed learning more about it. Makes me feel good every time a session is over. Good luck on your goals!

    1. Thanks :) It's so important and makes such an impact that it just had to be one of my goals! A study group sounds great :D
      Thanks for the encouragement!

  4. I am impressed that you can read books in multiple languages! Language is not one of my stronger skills! Good luck with your goals - especially the not comparing and the forgiving yourself! I know the comparison got easier as I got older but the forgiven still takes work!

    1. Thanks :D It's definitely one of my more neglected skills though :P That's good to know about the comparisons.. I was kind of hoping everything in life got easier as you got older! Pretty sure that's just wishful thinking. (but hey, a girl can dream..!)
      Thanks for stopping by :)

  5. I have the goal of not buying any books in 2015 as I have soooo many books in my 'to be read' pile as it... Let's see how that goes! Here's my link to my TTT for the week: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2014/12/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten.html

    1. No books at all?!? Great goal! Good luck with it :D
      I'll be sure to check out your link too :) Thanks for stopping by

  6. I love the idea of having a cull. I probably should, but I can't bear getting rid of books. I also like your plan to read the Bible more. I read it through completely in middle school, but I haven't done that since. I might go for it again.

    1. Haha yeah culls are easier in theory than in practice! I always end up rescuing loads from being given away and then putting them back on my shelf for another 5 years... But I'm trying to get better! It's mostly the thought of having to bring back all the books I bought while studying and having to somehow combine them with the books on my (already way too full) shelves at home...!

      Yay! Bible reading is so great :) Good luck if you do decide to go for another read-through! :D and thanks for stopping by :)


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